St. Bernardus Prior 8 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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4.16/5
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St. Bernardus Prior 8St. Bernardus Prior 8
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 09-27-2002

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#1,488
Reviews:
1,078
Ratings:
2,492
pDev:
8.65%
Bros Score:
3.95
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This beer is a tad colder than it should be for the optimal enjoyment. I am going to attempt to drink it slow and allow it to warm a bit.

The beer pours a dark brown with a huge head that disappeared quickly. The head left no lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet with dried fruits like raisins and prunes. The initial flavor is very sweet like the fruit flavors. The middle rounds out a bit with a molasses like sweetness an the end is a somewhat spiced dryness. The alcohol is only mildly present in the taste.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin and watery and not quite what I was expecting. The carbonation level is also a bit high, which I feel is also the case with their Pater 6.

This is a nice beer but just like their Pater 6 is doesn't stack up at all to their ABT 12.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz poured into St. Bernardus Goblet.

A- Muddy brown with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, mine had a bunch of little particles in it which isnt uncommon for the style but not exactly attractive.
S- Sweet raisins and figs up front, some belgian yeast but its a really fruity smelling beer. Some roasted malt but mostly the dark fruits come through.
T- Not as fruity as the smell leads me on but there is still a good presence of dark fruits. A nice breaddy taste that I love, some caramel and roasted malts. Honestly, this thing is hard to pick out individual flavors because its so well blended and balanced.
M- Holy crap, LOTS, I mean LOTS of carbonation. really comes alive in your mouth, but in my opinion, its a little overkill. Leaves you with a dry aftertaste.
O- I had just tried the Pater 6 and thought it was excellent and was hoping this would be the same but a tiny bit better but i actually prefer the 6. Having said that, its a great brew.

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Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into st bernardus chalice.

Pours a deep brown color. Has a solid one finger head that eventually diminishes to a fluff atop the beer. Seems to have low carbonation. Nice spots of lacing.

Has a strong malt presence in the nose. Sweet dark fruits are dominant in the nose. The main difference between this and the 6 seems to be that this one has a sweeter and stronger malt presence. The yeast characteristics really come through more in the nose as well, getting more belgian spiciness.

Tastes just like it smells. Strong sweet malt right up front, followed by strong dark fruits. A nice dose of spiciness from the yeast. Matches the aroma very well. Touch of alcohol on the finish.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body. Good drinkability.

Overall a good beer and similar to the 6, but it seemed to impress me slightly less. Still, a really good belgian beer. Would enjoy it again without question.

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A: Poured into a goblet. Hazy dark brown with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Dark fruits, plum, roasted malt, a touch of clove.

T: A much bigger dark fruit flavor than the Prior 6. Some raisin and plum with the roasted malt and belgian yeast flavors. The beer finishes with a mildy clove fruity flavor with a little alcohol.

M: Medium body and high carbonation provide a spicy feel. The beer does foam up a bit.

O: Very good dubbel. I like this dubbel much more than the Prior 6. It is interesting how different the two actually are within the same style.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 2,492 ratings